Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Saturday, June 11, 2011




I have a few volumes of the following in my collection;


The Zoologist
Hardwicke’s Science Gossip
Buckland’s Land & Water


Natural History Society of Bombay

If anybody is researching among these journals, they can contact me tibetanbluebear@yahoo.co.uk & I will do my best to find the articles.
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ROBERT SCHNECK: Love Among the Seed Beetles

Let's get right to the point: that's a seed beetle's penis. Yes, it is. And those spikes are not decorative. They 'help the male's chances of fertilizing the eggs by providing an anchor, but can also pierce the female during sex, causing injury.' As a result, female seed beetles have developed 'tougher integument to resist collateral damage' as part of a process known as 'sexually antagonistic co-evolution.' I'm guessing that the females also developed a tendency to suffer migraines around bedtime, but maybe they like that kind of thing. Who are we to judge what two adult weevils do in the privacy of a bean? Hedgehog-like todgers are not unique to coleoptera, however, for:

'Seemingly harmful genitalia have evolved in many animals, helping males compete among themselves to father offspring. This sort of sexual conflict – known as sexually antagonistic co-evolution – is thought to result in rapid steps of evolutionary tit-for-tat between the sexes, but it is poorly understood. So far, little experimental evidence has supported the theory.'

Probably have a difficult time finding volunteers. Read the whole story (and it is quite a story) at: http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1380
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HAUNTED SKIES: The International Sky Scouts (1967)

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Yesterday's News Today

Oliver is away at the LAPIS Conference, at which he will be videoing bits and bobs for CFZtv as well as speaking himself. He has left some bits and bobs for us, and today's reads:

On this day in 1819 the author Charles Kingsley was born. Kingsley lived in just down the road from the CFZ, in Clovelly, for a few years during his childhood and ever since the North Devon tourist industry has seen him as one of their sacred cows along with seafaring also-ran Lord Grenville and Tarka the Otter (the animal from which 9 out of 10 Barnstaple locations and businesses derive their name).

English names wanted for 10 species

Downing Street cat makes first kill
Forecasting Turtles- Climate appears to play key role in determining sea turtle numbers
Nesting turtles give clues on oil spill's impact